Milestones Jul. 28, 2003

APPOINTED. BILL KELLER, 54, low-key former managing editor and foreign editor of the New York Times; as executive editor, the paper's highest-ranking newsroom post; in New York City. Keller takes over from former executive editor Joseph Lelyveld, who was brought back as acting newsroom chief after the June resignation of Howell Raines amid newsroom dissension following disclosures of extensive fabrications in stories by reporter Jayson Blair.

DIED. CAROL SHIELDS, 68, Canadian novelist whose graceful, sympathetic portrayals of ordinary people, often married women, led to a flood of honors, including the Pulitzer Prize for her 1993 novel The Stone Diaries, which detailed...

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